Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday night pizza

This weekend is not an ordinary weekend in Montreal. There is not only the Grand Prix, but also the Beer Fest and the Francofolies (and if you live where I live it’s also the day when Blue Mountain State starts filming and taking over campus).  In short, that means that there are people everywhere. Although my husband and I did partake in some of the activities earlier this week (ah Beer fest) we decided to stay away from the craziness of downtown tonight and have our own fancy evening (after all, we can always join in the festivities tomorrow).

Wine and cheese are always abundant at our place so that was the easy part, but coming up with an appetizer that would double up as an appetizer was not as easy. Since I haven’t grocery shopped for the upcoming week, our fridge was pretty bare, but I did manage to find some asparagus, a couple of green onions and pita bread and voila, we were having asparagus pizza. This recipe is pretty easy and quick to put together and does not require a whole lot of ingredients, but it tastes great and it looks pretty awesome (and like you actually put a whole lot of effort to put it together!)

So if you’re looking for a quick appetizer, this is definitely a winner! Enjoy!

Quick Asparagus Pizzas
(inspired by a Smitten Kitchen recipe)

2 pita bread
8 asparagus, finely sliced lengthwise
¾ cup pizza mix cheese or mozzarella cheese
2 green onions, sliced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon hot pepper flake
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Pre-heat the oven at 475F (if you’re using a pizza stone, put it in the oven right away)

Place the cheese on the pita bread.

Add the green onions and the garlic.

Using a peeler, finely slice the asparagus lengthwise (cut them in half first, it will be easier to do) then place them on the pita bread.

Sprinkle the Chili powder, the pepper flakes and the Parmesan cheese

Place the pizzas in the oven (if you're using a pizza stone, place directly on the stone, if not you can use a cookie sheet) between 13-16 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden.

If you are serving them as appetizers, using a sharp knife, cut the pizzas in little triangle.

Enjoy with a nice bottle of wine and good company!
Serves 2 for dinner or 4 as appetizers

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